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Despite an attempt by the New Jersey Senate's education committee to modify a sex-education bill, the Senate last week reinstated language requiring schools to stress abstinence in those courses.

The compromise measure would have required teachers to address all methods of preventing AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy.

Foes argued that the bill represents encroachment by lawmakers on home rule and would improperly dictate curriculum and pedagogy. They also said teenagers would ignore educators who stressed abstinence alone. (See Education Week, June 9, 1993.)

The bill is set for a Senate vote next week. If approved, the bill would return to the Assembly, which passed it 54 to 7 in March.

Disciplinary School: In an effort to curb violence in Maryland schools, Gov. William Donald Schaefer plans to propose establishing a residential school for middle school students who have chronic disciplinary problems.

The school--which would open next fall--would initially accommodate 60 students in the 6th through 8th grades, and could eventually serve 200 residents, Nancy S. Grasmick, the state school superintendent, told a legislative committee last month.

Schools would refer students to the facility, but parents would have to approve such placements, Ronald A. Peiffer, the spokesman for the state education department, said.

The Governor is expected to introduce the proposal next month as part of his budget package.

Vol. 13, Issue 14

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